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August 4, 1894

INFLUENCE OF ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE ON THE PREVALENCE OF PNEUMONIA.Read in the Section on Practice of Medicine, at the Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held in San Francisco, June 5-8, 1894.

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JAMA. 1894;XXIII(5):188-192. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421100016002e

More than ever, physicians try to discover the cause of disease. Great discoveries have been made and for a number of diseases certain bacilli have been found to be the specific agents. More than ten years ago it was believed that such a bacillus had been discovered as the direct cause of pneumonia, and many consider pneumonia to-day an infective disease caused by a diplococcus. Still it is a relatively rare occurrence that this bacillus pneumoniæ is found in pneumonia, and the riddle of the nature of this disease is by no means solved.

If I am ready now to bring indirect proofs of the nature of pneumonia before you, without referring to bacillar origin, I am induced to do so from the extraordinary exactness of such proofs. We understand that under the heading of pneumonia a number of different forms of this disease are included and we have reason

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